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|Building the Future - Plastic Bike Roads in Netherlands|
|Writer TEAMAX Date 2020/04/27 Hit 112|
Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year.
The 30-metre (100-ft) cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle contains the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottle caps and is estimated to be two to three times more durable than traditional roads.
"This first pilot is a big step towards a sustainable and future-proof road made of recycled plastic waste," the path's inventors Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma said in a statement.
Leading environmental expert Guus Velders welcomed the new initiative by Dutch engineering firm KWS, pipe maker Wavin and French oil major Total, saying it was a "positive step" towards a more circular use of materials.
"Using plastic to make bicycle paths may help to keep plastics out of landfill and ... but it's still unclear what happens to this plastic as the surface of the path is worn away," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.
The Dutch government has pledged to halve its use of raw materials by 2030 and accelerate its shift towards a so-called "circular economy". Source: www.weforum.org